Mon, June 24th, 2019
Monday 9pm - 10pm, BBC2
The 1948 British Nationality Act was designed to permit the free movement of people from around the newly created commonwealth. It targeted bringing in the desperately needed skills to rebuild Britain after the terrible impact of World War 2. In particular, the government of the day saw the people of Canada and Australia as the ideal immigrants.
The government never expected the influx of skilled machinists, mechanics, plumbers, carpenters and other trades from Jamaica, in fact Clement Attlee described it as an “incursion”. Such was the panic 70 years ago there ...